Lorraine “Penny” Clewis Mendez-Ruiz

September 13, 1963 - March 14, 2024
Lorraine “Penny” Clewis Mendez-Ruiz

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With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Lorraine Clewis Mendez-Ruiz, lovingly known as Penny, who gained her angel wings on March 14, 2024, in Wilmington, NC. Born on September 13, 1963, in Hollywood, FL, Penny lived a life filled with love and kindness, leaving behind cherished memories that will forever be held close to the hearts of those who knew her.

Penny’s age at the time of her passing was 60 years old. She found joy in the simple things in life, especially in being outdoors and caring for others. Her warm spirit and nurturing presence touched the lives of many, creating a lasting impact on all who had the privilege to know her.

She is most likely to be sitting with her mother E. Van Clewis now, at peace. Penny is preceded in death by her parents, William and E. Van Clewis. She leaves behind a legacy of love and strength that will endure through those she held dear.

Surviving family members include her devoted husband, Carlos Mendez-Ruiz, her two sons, Jason Clewis (Kim) and Christopher Stallings, two brothers, Tony Clewis (Darlene), and Buddy Clewis (Jenda), as well as two sisters, Cindy Gause (Kent) and Teresa Jimenez (Jose). Their love and support will serve as a source of comfort during this difficult time.

Though Penny may have left this world, her memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew her best. May her spirit continue to shine brightly, guiding and watching over her loved ones from above. Rest in peace, dear Penny.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate Penny’s life will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, beginning at 5:00 PM at Wilmington Funeral Chapel located at 1535 S. 41st St. Wilmington, NC 28403.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to New Hanover Humane Society at the link above at “Memorial Gifts and Donations”.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403

Funeral Service

The funeral will take place on March 19, 2024 at 5:00 PM at Wilmington Funeral Chapel (1535 S. 41st St. Wilmington, NC 28403)

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  • March 16, 2024
    Jason Clewis lit a candle:
    Lit since March 16, 2024 at 3:25:38 PM

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    Wendy lit a candle:
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  • March 16, 2024
    Josephine Hinson says:
    Penny was a person with a heart ❤️ for people. She will be missed by family and friends. She will be missed by me her Aunt Jo. ,We talked a lot on the phone together sharing things with one another. She worried a lot about her brother and sister who was going thru difficult things. She loved her mother and she took her mothers passing hard . She have a hard time adjusting. She doesn’t have to worry anymore . She's with her now and her ❤️ at peace now .

  • March 16, 2024
    Wendy says:
    Sending prayers to the family. I have been know Penny and Teresa for along time. RIP. Penny.

  • March 16, 2024
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    Lit since March 16, 2024 at 3:13:12 AM